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Beth Tweddle MBE announces her retirement

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Medal Record

London 2012
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 1 Bronze
Beijing 2008
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Athens 2004
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze

Biography

Beth Tweddle is Britain’s most successful ever gymnast with three world gold medals in her collection, along with six European titles.

Tweddle made her Olympic debut as a 19-year-old in Athens but didn’t make any finals and she finished fourth in the uneven bars at Beijing 2008.

She took up the sport as a seven-year-old at her local Crewe and Nantwich Gymnastics Club and after initially planning to retire to follow her dream of becoming a physiotherapist, she decided to carry on until London after missing out on a medal in Beijing by the narrowest of margins.

Her all-time favourite gymnast is Lilia Podkopayeva and she counts Dame Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe as her favourite sporting personalities.

Tweddle was born in Johannesburg but moved to Great Britain when she was 18 months old and she graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in sports science in 2007.

She was awarded the MBE for services to gymnastics in 2010 and in 2006 she finished third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, becoming the first ever gymnast to reach the shortlist for the annual prize.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Tweddle won bronze in the uneven bars.